For the last three years, dedicated ‘grey nomads’ Sue and Ross Coburn have explored much of eastern Australia, including visiting Far North Queensland and parts of outback NSW.

Now, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Coburns have realised the importance of moving into an over 50s community which provides the ideal springboard for their future travels.

In late April, the Coburns moved into a new home at Beachfront Hallidays Point, on the NSW Mid-North Coast. Beachfront is one of 48 land lease communities operated by Hometown Australia across Queensland, NSW and South Australia.

Aerial view of Hometown Australia's grey nomad friendly Beachfront Hallidays Point community

The Coburns had just sold their home in Werribee South in Victoria and were beginning a new round of ‘grey nomad’ adventures, when they found themselves marooned on the NSW Mid-North Coast due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

“We were staying in a caravan park at Hallidays Point, and not moving, but we liked the area so we decided to look at Beachfront. We found it was exactly what we wanted as a base,” Ms Coburn said.

“Being able to walk directly on to the beach, from the resort, was really important to us,” Ms Coburn said. “In addition, being able to park our caravan in a carport on one side of the house, and the car on the other side, was great. 

Hometown Australia's Beachfront Hallidays Point community is located behind beautiful Black Head Beach

“We loved the home layout and the big deck on the back. I also look forward to using the community pool, as I am a keen swimmer, along with the clubhouse.”

In addition, the Coburns enjoy the fact they don’t need to worry about home or garden maintenance, or home security, while they travel around the country.

Once the coronavirus pandemic lifts, the Coburns intend to live at Beachfront for six months of the year, and then travel for the other six months.

They won’t be alone. According to the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia, Australia’s ‘grey nomads’ account for around 17 million visitor nights each year - higher than any other market segment. 

With States now beginning to lift travel restrictions, and many retirees getting itchy feet after being cooped up at home or on the road, Australia’s ‘grey nomads’ are expected to be hitting the road in large numbers in coming months and years.

Hometown delivers for grey nomads

Hometown Australia allows ‘grey nomads’, such as the Coburns, to select their perfect home base from Australia’s largest range of over 50s residential land lease communities. 

Many of these communities are located in some of Australia’s best known coastal holiday spots, including Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast regions, NSW’s Mid-North, North Coast and Port Stephens regions and South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

Hometown community homes, suitable for ‘grey nomads’, start at just $250,000. The affordable price point of these homes allows many retirees to top up their retirement savings, after selling their family home and moving into a Hometown community.

Hometown Australia's grey nomad friendly Maroochy Shores community at Maroochydore on the Queensland Sunshine Coast

In addition, buyers in Hometown communities do not have to pay any stamp duty, nor exit fees. They may also be eligible for Commonwealth rental assistance.

Most Hometown community homes have two-bedrooms, a study, and either 1.5 or two bathrooms. Many of these homes have dedicated caravan and boat parking, in the form of a high-roofed carport next to the dwelling.

A Hometown Australia grey nomad friendly home which supports boat, recreational vehicle and car parking
A Hometown Australia grey nomad friendly home with two carports, including one specifically for recreational vehicles

Importantly, the communities are generally also pet-friendly, which means it is easy to take Rover or Sootie on your ‘grey nomad’ travels.

Secure communities suit grey nomads

Hometown Australia joint managing director and CEO Kevin Tucker said he was pleased to see many ‘grey nomads’ beginning to realise the benefits of having a permanent base in one of his company’s communities.

“If you want an affordable holiday there is no better holiday than caravaning around Australia and meeting great people along the way and making new friends,” Mr Tucker said. 

“Across the vast majority of our communities, we will cater for the grey nomad buyer.

“This includes the fact that our homes support low-maintenance living, which makes it easier for residents to lock up and leave for extended periods of time. If necessary, we will even maintain the gardens for our residents.

“In addition, for the most part our communities are secure, so our residents feel like they are leaving their home in a safe environment.

Pool and clubhouse at Hometown Australia's grey nomad friendly Newport community at Port Macquarie in NSW

“And then our communities typically will also have caravan storage, and that is important for a lot of people to be able to store their caravan on-site and easily access it if they need to pack it up and head off.

“We have 40-50 communities in various locations across Australia, with a nice range of affordable and quality housing that can cater for just about anyone.”

Find out more

Hometown Australia’s new website allows potential buyers to easily search communities across Australia and see what facilities and homes they offer. 

The details of the community manager are listed alongside each community, allowing you to easily find out more information.

New clubhouse at Hometown Australia's grey nomad friendly Sunrise community at Port Stephens